Dr. Joe Pool, Senior Pastor
Dr. Joe Pool came to FUMC Rockwall as senior pastor in June 2006. Joe has served several churches in the North Texas Conference. He has lead three successful building programs, increased worship attendance and mission awareness and involvement. He has led Disciple Bible Study groups and enjoys teaching. He and his wife, Becky, have three children, Candace, Corey, and Amanda.
Jenna Morrison, Associate Pastor
Rev. Jenna Morrison joined our staff in 2013, and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at First UMC Rockwall. She graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2014. She has previously served at Grace Avenue UMC and has also served in a number of other churches in both the North Texas and Central Texas Conferences. Jenna’s primary responsibilities at First UMC Rockwall include Adult Life Ministries, pastoral care, and is the primary worship planner, preacher, and pastor for the Open Door worship community (contemporary worship).
Rev. Christina Hildebrand, Minister of Family and Children
Christina serves First UMC as Director of Family and Children Ministries and is a Deacon of the United Methodist Church. Christina and her husband Stefan have three children: Andrew, William and Sarah.
Rev. Paul Maletic, Minister with Youth
Rev. Paul Maletic joined our church staff in 2008. Paul attended Southwestern University, Class of 2004 and also graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2008. Paul is ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. Paul previously served Walnut Hill UMC in Dallas. Paul brings excitement and energy to our youth ministry.
Rev. Clay Womack, Minister of Missions
Rev. Clay Womack joined our staff as Missions Minister in August, 2017. Taking the retired relationship in July, 2017, after forty-two years of full-time service as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church here in North Texas. Clay brings a deep resume’ of experience and leadership in Christian missions, outreach, and disaster response on the local, domestic, and international levels. He is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 1979 graduate of Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Married to Gail, a retired math teacher, since 1975, they are the proud parents of son Justin, also a Texas Aggie, who lives, works, and serves Christ in Austin, Texas.
Shirley Womack, Welcoming Ministries
Shirley connects our first time guests and continuing guests to their areas of interest in the church as well as shepherding those desiring to join through the membership process at First UMC Rockwall. She also works closely with our First Impression Teams. Shirley is a graduate of Texas A & M and is married to Larry Womack. They have two sons, Matt and wife, Melissa, Marcus and wife, Alyssa, along with six grandchildren, Abby, Lucy, Clare, Madeleine, Graham, and Jude.
Sandy Heard, Connecting Ministries
Sandy Heard joined our staff as Director of Connecting Ministries in May 2017. Sandy is currently a seminary student at SMU Perkins School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree after leaving an 18 year career in Human Resources. With this degree, she hopes to become ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church. In her current role, Sandy connects new members to the life and ministries of our church to deepen their relationships with neighbor and God. Sandy is excited to move into this new vocation, and is supported by her husband James and their two children, Morgan and Jonah.
Melissa Bloom, Assistant to Family and Children Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa has been an integral volunteer at First UMC Rockwall with Sunday School, VBS, special events, and our children’s team. Melissa is a graduate of Texas A & M. She is married to Jim Bloom, a paramedic, and has two children; Ethan and Caroline.
Chris Conway, Assistant to Family and Children Services email@example.com
Chris joined the church staff in March 2012. She is a graduated from Boston University with a degree in elementary education, and taught for 9 years at R.Q. Mills Elementary in Dallas. Chris has attended First UMC Rockwall with Neil Conway since 2000. Neil and Chris have two children Seth and Maya.
Leah Chapman, Assistant Minister with Youth firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Chapman has served as the Assistant Youth Minister since August 2017. Leah is currently a seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Theology with an emphasis in Apologetics. She is thrilled to be working with youth and is passionate about helping them on their faith journey. Leah lives in Mesquite with her husband Phillip.
Macie Liptoi, Open Door Community Coordinator/Youth Worship and Media Arts Intern email@example.com
Macie Liptoi joined our church staff as the Open Door Coordinator in January of 2018. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2016 with a BA in Worship Ministry and is currently a Masters of Divinity student at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Macie is also a candidate for ordained ministry in the North Texas Conference on the Elder track. She has been involved in coordinating, planning and leading worship in various capacities for nearly a decade, and is excited to continue doing so at FUMC Rockwall.
Rev. Debbie Chapman, Interim Minister of Music and Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
As an ordained Deacon in the UMC, Debbie has served five churches in North Texas. She has a BS in Vocal Performance from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters of Sacred Music from Perkins/SMU. Debbie has also held leadership positions in the North Texas Conference. She is married to Paul. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Nancy Farrell, Music Ministry Assistant email@example.com
Nancy Farrell joined the staff of First UMC Rockwall in September of 2015 after previously directing Children’s Music from 2009-2011. After retiring from a 28 year teaching career in 2011, with the last 18 years being in Rockwall ISD, Nancy & her husband, Brian, relocated to Arkansas and Georgia and returned to Rockwall in August, 2015. Nancy graduated with a B.M.E. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and did post graduate work at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Nancy & Brian have been married for 33 years & have one son, Christopher, who is a wildlife biologist living in Lindale, TX.
Leia Browning, Youth Choir Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Leia Browning joined our music staff as Youth Choir Director, effective September 1, 2016. Leia brings an impressive resume’ of church music experience, is an accomplished vocalist, and is the current choral director of Rockwall High School. Leia has served churches in San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Garland and Dallas. She has a calling to minister with youth in and through music. Leia is excited to be a part of our music staff and church. Leia is married to Eric and they have two children, Lucas and Montana.
June Overholt, Pianist & Organist email@example.com
June joined the FUMC Rockwall staff in 1997, and has served churches in Kansas and Texas. She has accompanied groups and soloists throughout the United States. June is married to Bob, has one son, Jason and one granddaughter, Jaden
Greg Humphries, Director of Finance and Administration firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Humphries joined the staff as Director of Finance and Administration in January of 2002. Having graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Marketing, Greg worked twenty-six years in pharmaceutical sales management. During this time he had the opportunity to manage the various sales divisions of Winthrop Laboratories, a division of Eastman Kodak. After joining the staff of First UMC, Greg returned to school to attend the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration at Emory University, Candler School of Theology and received his certification as a Church Business Administrator in 2009. He also maintains his certification through the General Council of Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church. His family and he; wife Darlene and daughter Claire, have been members of First UMC of Rockwall since 1992.
Jackie Metzger, Finance Manager email@example.com
Jackie joined the staff of First UMC Rockwall in May, 2011, as Finance and Office Assistant, assuming the job of Finance Manager in September, 2013, when Bonnie Klein resigned after 20 years. Jackie has lived in Rockwall since 2005 and has three grown children and five grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Jennifer, is a first grade teacher at Stevenson Elementary. Jackie has a real estate license in Ebby Halliday’s Alumni program and owned and operated a bed and breakfast inn in Galveston for seven years. She is a member of the Becomer’s Sunday School class and enjoys photography and spending time with her grandchildren and recently organized, Celebration, a small group for single women 55 and better here at First UMC Rockwall.
Debbie Weigant, Finance and Office Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie re-joined our staff in 2013 working in Finance Administration on Mondays. She retired from a 23 year career in Finance/Procurement at Raytheon-Greenville Division. She is active in our Chancel Choir and is married to Ronnie Weigant, both members of the Harmony Sunday School Class. Ronnie and Debbie have a blended family of 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Jennifer Potter, Administrative Services email@example.com
Jennifer Potter joined the staff at First UMC Rockwall as Membership Secretary in March 2008. She grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She has been married to Steven Potter since 2003 and has one daughter Leahia. Jennifer has been a faithful member of First UMC Rockwall since 2006.
Amy Moore, Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Moore joined the staff at First UMC Rockwall in October 2017. She grew up in Richardson and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She is married to Travis Moore and have twins, Emily and Luke. The Moore family become members to First UMC in December 2017.
Beth Boulware, Receptionist/Membership Assistant email@example.com
Beth Boulware joined the Church staff in January, 2011 as Church Receptionist. In addition she has prepared the Church newsletter since November, 2009. She and her husband Bob have been members since 2002. Beth retired from AT&T after 29 years. She is active in Bible studies and is a member of the J.E. Wilson class. Her hobbies include anything that involves her grandson.
Ruth Sears, Membership Volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth joined the Church Staff as Membership Secretary volunteer in early July, 2009. She and her husband Curtis, and children Matt and Emily, have lived in Rockwall for 20 years. She began her career in Kansas City, and retired from AT&T after a 30 year legal career beginning at Southwestern Bell and a judicial clerkship for the Missouri Supreme Court. She is active in Bible Studies, GED tutoring, Vasebreakers Sunday School class and Sailsetters. Ruth enjoys reading, traveling, biking, and movies.
Erika Manning, Wedding Coordinator email@example.com
Erika Manning has served as the wedding coordinator since 2008. She began her career in hotel management as a Social Catering Manager and was certified as a Wedding Consultant in 1998. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from Texas A&M Commerce and is currently an Instructional Specialist for Plano ISD. Erika is married to Jeff and have two sons, Ryan and Matthew. The Manning family has been members to First UMC Rockwall since 2001.
The ARK Preschool
Susan Gallander, Director of The Ark Preschool firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, has taught on the secondary level, has been an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University in Commerce, and is a published curriculum writer. Susan brings a depth of experience and desire to the ARK. Susan is married to Ty and they have two children, Lauren and John.
Amy Swiney, Assistant Director of The Ark Preschool email@example.com
Amy graduated from Baylor University with a business degree, and was the Assistant to the Children’s Minister at FUMC Rockwall prior to joining The Ark staff. In addition, Amy has served in multiple volunteer capacities in this community, since moving to Heath in 1997. Amy is married to Bob and they have twins, Garrett and Hannah.